Spergularia rubra sand-spurrey Caryophyllaceae SPRU*; Bx, pb; NY; Q; K, m; R, c;

 

Spergularia rubra.Eleanor Saulys.www.ct-botanical-society.org

Spergularia rubra. © 2001 Eleanor Saulys.www.ct-botanical-society.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Spergularia rubra is an annual to short-lived perennial herb, prostrate or ascending, 5-30 cm. 

Leaves opposite  linear, to 0.4-3.5 cm long, about 0.1 cm wide, in tufts, triangular, conspicuous, chaffy stipules to 0.5 cm.

Flowers pink, petals shorter than sepals, 0.5 cm, May-Sept. 

Fruit dry capsule to 0.5 cm, seeds less than 0.1 cm, wingless (use lens). 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe.

Habitat:Open sandy soil.